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Event Notification Report for January 19, 2017

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Operations Center

Event Reports For
01/18/2017 - 01/19/2017

** EVENT NUMBERS **


52454 52483 52495 52496

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 52454
Facility: MONTICELLO
Region: 3 State: MN
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-3
NRC Notified By: RON BLENKER
HQ OPS Officer: HOWIE CROUCH
Notification Date: 12/21/2016
Notification Time: 18:00 [ET]
Event Date: 12/21/2016
Event Time: 09:35 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
STEVE ORTH (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

HIGH PRESSURE COOLANT INJECTION SYSTEM INOPERABLE

"At 0935 [CST] on 12/21/2016, while performing the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) Comprehensive Pump and Valve Tests for post-maintenance testing following scheduled maintenance, the HPCI turbine did not start as expected due to the HPCI turbine stop valve failing to open. This issue is being reported under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) as a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function at the time of discovery. Investigation into the failure of the HPCI system to start is in progress. The plant remains at 100% power with no challenges to the health and safety of the public.

"The NRC Resident Inspector has been notified."

The plant is in a 14-day action statement under LCO 3.5.1, 'ECCS - Operating' due to the HPCI turbine stop valve failure.

The licensee notified the Minnesota State Duty Officer.

* * * RETRACTION FROM KIM HOFFMAN TO JOHN SHOEMAKER AT 1303 EST ON 1/17/18/17 * * *

"On December 21, 2016, the NRC Operations Center was notified of Event Number 52454 that described a failure of the High Pressure Coolant Injection (HPCI) turbine stop valve to open during post maintenance testing prior to being declared operable. The condition was reported in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72 (b)(3)(v)(D) as a condition that could have prevented the fulfillment of a safety function at the time of discovery. At the time, it was not readily apparent that the failure was due to the maintenance activities. Subsequent return-to-service testing showed the oil system vent and fill had been inadequate following the maintenance. This event occurred as a result of the maintenance process and would not have occurred during normal operation of the system.

''NUREG-1022, Revision 3 states, 'reports are not required when systems are declared inoperable as part of a planned evolution for maintenance or surveillance testing when done in accordance with an approved procedure and the plant's TS (unless a condition is discovered that would have resulted in the system being declared inoperable).'

"There was no discovered condition that would have resulted in the safety function of the system being declared inoperable under normal, non-maintenance conditions.

"Based on the above additional information, Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant is retracting this report. The plant was in a planned evolution and did not discover a condition that could have prevented performing a safety function.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

Notified R3DO (McCraw).

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Agreement State Event Number: 52483
Rep Org: NEW YORK STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
Licensee: THE ALC GROUP, LLC dba ALC ENVIRONMENTAL
Region: 1
City: NEW YORK State: NY
County:
License #: C2734
Agreement: Y
Docket:
NRC Notified By: DESMOND GORDON
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/11/2017
Notification Time: 16:06 [ET]
Event Date: 11/23/2016
Event Time: 10:30 [EST]
Last Update Date: 01/11/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
AGREEMENT STATE
Person (Organization):
ANTHONY DIMITRIADIS (R1DO)
NMSS_EVENTS_NOTIFIC (EMAI)
DESIREE DAVIS (ILTA)

This material event contains a "Less than Cat 3 " level of radioactive material.

Event Text

AGREEMENT STATE REPORT - STOLEN THEN RECOVERED LICENSED MATERIAL

The following information was received via facsimile:

"Licensee notified the Department on 11/23/16, of the theft of an RMD LPA-1 Lead-Paint Analyzer containing 12 milliCuries of Cobalt-57 (Device S/N 3447R). The theft occurred at approximately 1030 EST on 11/23/2016 at a temporary jobsite located at 40-01 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, New York 11101.

"According to the licensee, the authorized user realized the device was missing shortly after departing the jobsite. He recalled putting the protective case containing the XRF [X-Ray Fluorescence Lead Paint Spectrum Analyzer] on the ground next to his vehicle to access his vehicle keys. Soon after, he was distracted by a pedestrian asking for directions and stepped into his vehicle to travel to the next jobsite without the device. He immediately returned to the previous site to search for the device. He was unsuccessful in his search.

"After filing a report at the local police department, the authorized user returned to the jobsite. He was informed by the maintenance department that there was video surveillance at that location and was provided a copy of the tape. This video showed two men walking away with the XRF protective case from the location where the authorized user's vehicle was originally parked. The licensee indicated that fliers were put up in the neighborhood where the device was originally stolen with a reward for the safe return of the XRF.

"On December 8, 2016, the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) notified the Department [New York State Department of Health] that someone had contacted their office claiming to have the stolen XRF in their possession. The RSO verified it was the correct device by the S/N and arranged to retrieve the device the next day. Two of the Licensee's authorized users met the individual at the previously agreed upon location, paid the negotiated reward, and retrieved the device. The XRF and XRF accessories appeared to be in perfect condition."

New York Event Report ID No: NY-17-02

THIS MATERIAL EVENT CONTAINS A "LESS THAN CAT 3" LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

Sources that are "Less than IAEA Category 3 sources," are either sources that are very unlikely to cause permanent injury to individuals or contain a very small amount of radioactive material that would not cause any permanent injury. Some of these sources, such as moisture density gauges or thickness gauges that are Category 4, the amount of unshielded radioactive material, if not safely managed or securely protected, could possibly - although it is unlikely - temporarily injure someone who handled it or were otherwise in contact with it, or who were close to it for a period of many weeks. For additional information go to http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1227_web.pdf

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Research Reactor Event Number: 52495
Facility: UNIV OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA
RX Type: 10000 KW TANK
Comments:
Region: 0
City: COLUMBIA State: MO
County: BOONE
License #: R-103
Agreement: N
Docket: 05000186
NRC Notified By: BRUCE MEFFERT
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/18/2017
Notification Time: 10:04 [ET]
Event Date: 01/17/2017
Event Time: 21:30 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/18/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
RESEARCH AND TEST REACTOR EVENT
Person (Organization):
GEOFFREY WERTZ (RTRP)
ANTHONY MENDIOLA (PROB)

Event Text

FAILURE OF THE REGULATING BLADE TO MOVE

"On 1/17/17 at 2130 CST, the MURR [University of Missouri Research Reactor] was shut down due to the failure of the regulating blade to move. This email is a required notification per MURR TS 6.6.c.(1) to report to the NRC Operations Center that an Abnormal Occurrence as defined by MURR TS 1.1 happened. Specifically, MURR was not in compliance with all Limiting Conditions for Operations (LCOs). MURR was not in compliance with the LCO TS 3.2.a. which states, 'All control blades, including the regulating blade, shall be operable during reactor operation.' The regulating blade was repaired, and the required compliance procedure was conducted on the regulating blade prior to the reactor being started up on 1/18/17. Currently, MURR is again at 10 MW. A detailed event report will follow within 14 days as required by MURR TS 6.6.c.(3)."

The reactor was at 10 MW power when this event occurred. The cause of this event is under investigation.

The licensee notified the NRC RTR Project Manager.

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Power Reactor Event Number: 52496
Facility: LASALLE
Region: 3 State: IL
Unit: [1] [2] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-5,[2] GE-5
NRC Notified By: MICHAEL LEE
HQ OPS Officer: DONALD NORWOOD
Notification Date: 01/19/2017
Notification Time: 00:39 [ET]
Event Date: 01/18/2017
Event Time: 20:56 [CST]
Last Update Date: 01/19/2017
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(C) - POT UNCNTRL RAD REL
50.72(b)(3)(v)(D) - ACCIDENT MITIGATION
Person (Organization):
AARON McCRAW (R3DO)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation
2 N Y 100 Power Operation 100 Power Operation

Event Text

BOTH SECONDARY CONTAINMENT AIRLOCK DOORS OPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY

"This report is being made pursuant to 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(C), event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function needed to control the release of radioactive material and 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(v)(D), event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment of a safety function needed to mitigate the consequences of an accident. An employee entered a secondary containment interlock [airlock] and identified that both doors of the interlock opened simultaneously when the door on the reactor building side was opened. The employee immediately secured both doors in the interlock and notified the Main Control Room Supervisor. Both doors in the interlock were open for approximately five seconds. With both doors open, TS SR 3.6.4.1.2 was not met. This rendered secondary containment inoperable per TS 3.6.4.1. Reactor Building differential pressure, as observed in the Main Control Room has remained less than -0.25 in. H2O at all times. Initial investigation determined that the interlock for the doors was malfunctioning. Administrative controls have been put in place to ensure the doors remain closed pending repairs to the interlock."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified R3DO (McCraw).

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